It all comes down to this. jfpgy**' ■^i j§?i Si 6sJ m :„*»- afttf" F P r Bin J'I^"TTT ADVANCED LEVEL TAKE THEIR WORDS FOR IT! "If it's 2 in the morning, this must be ZORK. Not even Ted Koppel can keep the nation up so late. " THE WASHINGTON POST 'This is the sixth Infocom game I have bought. Is there any other kind? No!!" Nichole, 34, Housewife Garland, Texas "Excellent — thoroughly enjoy game action and interaction with computer. Much better than arcade shoot-em-ups. " Mark, 33, Designer Elkhart, Indiana "Remarkable adventure fantasies " THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "Excellent! Makes me use my mind. Very challenging. " Paul, 14 Staten Island, New York "It finally attracted my kids to my 'business ' computer. " Eugene, 42, Engineer Mobile, Alabama "With their brain-testing challenge and beautifully written descriptions... it's no wonder that ZORKs I, II and III have become classics in their time. " ELECTRONIC GAMES magazine "Excellent. Many surprises. " Ted, 60, Professor Whittier, California G1 778 was a year subsidiaries. Gross 22%. The employme workforce of the Grt ! "birth rate and the si. p. its many eased hy iitire only by the Following the coml^^^Ss^ne'ltoyal Museum, the Frobozz Magic Cave Company, our largest subsidiary, moved to increase its staff even more as the well-publicized dam and volcano projects moved into full gear. The Cave Company will also be creating the new 400-story FrobozzCo world headquarters in Flatheadia, scheduled to open sometime in 781. More than 18,000 additional subsidiaries were formed or taken over during the last year, further increasing the scope of our industrial empire. FrobozzCo now produces everything from aardvarks to zwieback. I trust that you, as a stockholder, will take the time to read through this report and learn about at least a few of the many exciting things that are going on here at FrobozzCo. It's certainly been a tremendous year, but we're looking forward to an even tremendouser year in 779! John D. Flathead President and Chairman of the Board, FrobozzCo International FROBOZZ MAGIC CAVE COMPANY X- Thi Frobozz Manic Caic Company has won an unequaled armiunt of honors, including the much coveted Dirtiest Shoivl in the Great Underground Empfre award. The first of FrobozzCo's myriad subsidiaries, the Magic Cave Com- pany was formed over a century ago to implement King Duncanthrax's massive tunneling project. Today, the Magic Cave Company is an umbrella for a wide range of underground construction projects. Two of the most ambitious con- struction projects ever attempted are now on the Magic Cave Company drawing boards. Construction has already started on a dam of stagger- ing proportions that will span the Frigid River. Tentatively called Flood Control Dam Number Three, the dam is scheduled for completion in 783 G.U.E., and comes with a price tag of 37 million zorkmids. Magic Cave Company engineers are planning an amazing project to quench and then hollow out a mighty volcano. The project is being conducted under very tight security, and Lord Dimwit Flathead himself is personally reviewing the plans at each stage. In addition to these landmark projects, the Magic Cave Company created an additional 46,000 linear bloits of tunnel this year, including nearly 200 bloits of the Great Un- derground Highway extension, as well as 8,000 cubic bloits of addi- tional cavern space. FROBOZZ MAGIC TWEEZERS COMPANY One of the newest and brightest members of the FrobozzCo family, the Magic Tweezers Company was formed after a 652,000-zorkmid market research survey revealed a widespread need for a high-quality technologically advanced tweezer. Following several years of plan- ning and development, the Frobozz Magic Tweezer Model A-l is now ready to roll off the assembly lines and into millions of homes all across the Great Underground Empire. The A-l, which will retail for Zm0.29, has sold briskly in test markets. Within six months, a top of the line Model X-l tweezer will be introduced and will retail for Zm0.89. Six more models, as well as various add-on accessories, are currently on the drawing board. The Board of Directors of Fro- bozzCo welcomes the Frobozz Magic Tweezers Company aboard, and is confident that this new division will pluck a lot of business for the parent conglomerate. FROBOZZ MAGIC SPELL COMPANY While the well-heeled Enchanters Guild remains the primary customer of the Frobozz Magic Spell Com- pany, the invention of self-casting spell scrolls has created a huge new market for magic technology. Sales increased 11% during 778, marking the twentieth year of steady growth for this lucrative FrobozzCo subsidiary. In response to the grow- ing demand for magic spell acces- sories, several new FrobozzCo divisions were formed, including the Frobozz Magic Scroll Rack Com- pany, the Frobozz Magic Spell Book Company, and the Frobozz Magic Scroll Mailing Tube Company. Four new spells were added to the Magic Spell Company product line this year, a Magic Spell Com- pany record and a tribute to the wizards in FrobozzCo's famous Magiclab. The four new spells are DRILBO (strips a floor of yellowed wax), BORCH (puts insects to sleep), GIZGUM (predicts visits by relatives) and QUELBO (transmutes coconuts into gold). FROBOZZ MAGIC GRUE REPELLENT COMPANY The Frobozz Magic Grue Repellent Company is one of FrobozzCo's fastest growing divisions. Sales of grue repellent nearly tripled last year, spurred on by drastic extensive improvements made in the product and by an aggressive marketing campaign. Magic Grue Repellent Company executives can proudly point to a 31% drop in grue-related deaths during the last year, and a consequent 31% drop in the grue population. The discovery of a particularly effective new additive by the Magic Grue Repellent Company's research division has increased the efficiency of the product by 45%. Studies have shown that most grues will not come within 70 feet of someone sprayed with New Improved Repellent. The new additive, dubbed G-17, is also longer-lasting, requiring fewer spray- ings, and it can be made from ordi- nary sand! The Magic Grue Repellent Com- pany also increased the product line with the introduction of seven new odors of repellent, in addition to the regular old socks/burning rubber odor. The new odors include rotting eggs, dead fish, swamp gas, three- week-old meatloaf, gym locker, wet dog and mint. Several ingenious sales strategies were highly successful. The Free- Noseplugs-With-Every-Can cam- paign, in association with the Frobozz Magic Noseplugs Com- pany, ran for one month and increased sales by 92%. Advertise- ments featuring grue-mangled corpses ran before and during the peak travel season. Finally, a joint packaging effort with the Frobozz Magic Lantern Company to produce a Frobozz Anti-Grue Kit paid off with remarkable end-of-year sales. FROBOZZCO FINANCIAL REPORT SALES PROFIT NUMBER OF SUBSIDIARIES NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES NAME RECOGNITION GRANOLA SUBSIDIARIES FrobozzCo International Income Statement (Zorkmid Amounts in Millions) FrobozzCo International Balance Statement (Zorkmid Amounts in Millions) Revenues: Sales of goods and services Sale of property Other revenues TOTAL REVENUES Expenses: Cost of goods and services Selling, administration, bribes Depreciation Contributions to Royal Charities Printing of Annual Report TOTAL EXPENSES NET INCOME Earnings per uncommon share: Continuing operations Discontinuing operations NET INCOME PER UNCOMMON SHARE 5,318,001 Zml,277,419 Zm 2.72 (0.03) Zm 2.69 Year end Year end 778 777 Zm5,431,922 Zm5, 108,113 350,585 812,913 656,106 6,595,420 5,764,219 2,773,119 2,655,288 1,243,984 1,256,712 127,353 112,499 888,307 888,307 285,238 279,540 5,192,346 Zm 571,873 Zm 1.54 (0.02) Zm 1.52 FrobozzCo International Retained Earnings Statement (Zorkmid Amounts in Millions) Retained earnings at year opening Net income Dividends paid on uncommon stock Dividends paid on unpreferred stock Retained earnings at year end Year end Year end 778 778 Zml,204,225 Zml, 162,556 1,277,419 571,873 (894,017) (529,971) (24) (13) Zml,587,823 Zml,587,823 Assets: Cash Inventories Loans to Royal Family Executive Party Fund Plant and Equipment Other assets TOTAL ASSETS Liabilities: Short term loans Accrued payroll deductions Deferred bribes Other liabilities Total Liabilities Shareholder's equity: Uncommon stock Unpreferred stock Retained earnings Total shareholder's equity TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Year end Year end 778 777 Zm 393,459 Zm 219,067 556,790 465,634 1,125,000 900,000 107,374 135,252 778,833 596,025 325,939 294,606 Zm3,297,395 Zm2,6 10,584 Zm 456,872 Zm 388,431 594,311 435,923 216,343 209,575 95,647 80,293 1,363,173 1,114,222 345,287 291,054 1,112 858 1,587,823 1,204,445 1,934,222 1,496357 Zm3.297.395 Zm2,610,579 1"n . , > * i » »' * ■ ■■■ " j mi". .. wi t7 Is si 11 11 iiijuyi, " I II Hill VIII -v^-1- I „ I ' mfa?%. fc^^M£= ^^^*'fl Original Headquarters Building Constructed 667 FROBOZZCO INTERNATIONAL "You name it, we do it" Instruction Manual for ZORK III: The Dungeon Master Instruction Manual 10 Instruction Manual Instruction Manual for ZORK III: The Dungeon Master Welcome to ZORK! You are about to experience a classic interactive fantasy, set in a magical universe. The ZORK trilogy takes place in the ruins of an an- cient empire lying far underground. You, a dauntless treasure-hunter, are venturing into this dangerous land in search of wealth and adventure. Because each part of the ZORK saga is a completely indepen- dent story, you can explore them in any order. As ZORK III begins, your greatest challenge beckons as you take the final step down into the very heart of the Great Underground Empire. Your char- acter and courage will be tested as the enigmatic Dungeon Master confronts you with predicaments and perils. Your quest hinges upon discovering his secret purpose, even as he oversees your ultimate triumph — or destruction! If you're experienced with Infocom's interactive fiction, you may not feel like reading this entire man- ual. However, you should at least read about scoring (on page 12) and look at the appendix of recognized verbs (on page 19). Table of Contents An Overview Page 12 • What is interactive fiction? • Moving around • Turns and scoring Tips for Novices 13 Nine useful pointers about interactive fiction Communicating with ZORK 14 • Basic sentences • Complex sentences • Talking to characters in the story • Vocabulary limitations Starting and Stopping 16 • Starting ZORK ("Booting Up") • Saving and restoring • Quitting and restarting Appendix A: Quick Reference Guide 17 This briefly describes the most impor- tant things to know about interactive fiction. It is vital that you know all these things before you begin your adventure. Appendix B: Important Commands 18 Appendix C: Some Recognized Verbs 19 Appendix D: ZORK Complaints 20 Appendix E: Sample Transcript 21 and Map Appendix F: We're Never Satisfied 23 Appendix G: If You Have Technical 23 Problems Appendix H: Author Biographies 24 Appendix I: Warranty and Copyright 24 Information Instruction Manual 1 1 An Overview Interactive fiction is a story in which you are the main character. Your own thinking and imagination deter- mine the actions of that character and guide the story from start to finish. Each work of Infocom's interactive fiction, such as the three ZORK adventures, presents you with a series of locations, items, characters and events. You can interact with these in a variety of ways. To move from place to place, type the direction you want to go. When you begin your adventure, it's a good idea to become familiar with your surround- ings by exploring every location and reading each description carefully. (You may notice that ZORK occasionally refers to a location as a "room," even if you are outdoors.) As you explore the Empire, it is helpful to draw a map of the geography. An important element of interactive fiction is puz- zle-solving. You should think of a locked door or a ferocious beast not as a permanent obstacle, but merely as a puzzle to be tackled. Solving puzzles will frequently involve bringing a certain item with you and then using it in the proper way. In ZORK, time passes only in response to your input. You might imagine a clock that ticks once for each sentence you type, and the adventure pro- gresses only at each tick. Nothing happens until you type a sentence and press the RETURN (or ENTER) key, so you can plan your turns as slowly and care- fully as you want. To measure your progress, ZORK III keeps track of your score. However, since this score is only your potential, you may have all seven points but still be far from completing the story. 12 Instruction Manual Tips for Novices 1. Draw a map. It should include each location, the directions connecting it to adjoining locations and any interesting objects there. (See the small sample map that goes along with the sample transcript on page 21.) Some puzzles are almost impossible to solve without completely mapping the area. Note that there are 10 possible directions, plus IN and OUT. And since some passages twist and curve, going NORTH from Place A to Place B doesn't always mean that SOUTH will take you back to Place A. 2. Most objects that you can pick up are important, either as treasures or as solutions to puzzles, or both! 3. Save your place often. That way, if you mess up or get "killed," you won't have to start over from the beginning. See page 16 for instructions. 4. Read carefully. There are often clues in the de- scriptions of locations and objects, as well as in la- bels, engravings, books and so on. Even strange or dangerous actions may provide clues and might prove to be fun! You can always save your position first if you want. Here's a fun example: > PUT ON THE GREEN CALICO HAT The munchkins giggle, but remain unconvinced that you're a witch. You've just learned there is something which might convince the munchkins that you're a witch. They might even give you their enchanted broom. Perhaps if you put on that blue calico dress you came across earlier in the story. . . 5. Unlike other "adventure games" that you may have played, there are many possible routes to the end of ZORK. Some puzzles have more than one solution; other puzzles don't need to be solved at all. Sometimes you will have to solve one puzzle in order to obtain the item(s) or information you need to solve another puzzle. 6. You may find it helpful to explore ZORK with an- other person. Different people may find different puzzles easy and can often complement each other. 7. If you really have difficulty, you can order a hint booklet and a complete map from Infocom using the order form in your package. You don't need the hint booklet to enjoy the story, but it will make solving ZORK III easier. 8. Read the sample transcript on page 21 to get a feel for how Infocom' s interactive fiction works. 9. You can word a command in many different ways. For example, to turn the brass lantern on, you could use any of the following: LIGHT LAMP. TURN ON THE LAMP. TURN THE LAMP ON. ACTIVATE THE LAMP. LIGHT THE BRASS LANTERN. In fact, if the lamp is the only light source present, just typing LIGHT is enough, since ZORK will as- sume you meant the lamp. But more about that in the next section... Instruction Manual 1 3 Communicating with ZORK In ZORK, you type your sentence in plain English each time you see the prompt (>). ZORK usually acts as if your sentence begins "I want to...," al- though you shouldn't actually type those words. You can use words like "THE" if you want, and you can use capital letters if you want; ZORK doesn't care either way. When you finish typing a sentence, press the RE- TURN (or ENTER) key and ZORK will process your request. ZORK will respond, telling you whether your request is possible at this point in the story and what happened as a result. ZORK recognizes your words by their first six letters, and all subsequent letters are ignored. Therefore, CANDLE, CANDLEs and CANDLEstick would all be treated as the same word by ZORK. To move around, just type the desired direction. You can use the eight compass directions: NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST, NORTHEAST, NORTHWEST, SOUTHEAST and SOUTHWEST. You can abbreviate these to N, S, E, W, NE, NW, SE and SW, respec- tively. You can use UP (or U) and DOWN (or D). IN and OUT will also work in certain places. ZORK understands many different kinds of sen- tences. Here are several examples. (Note that some of these objects do not actually appear in ZORK.) WALK NORTH DOWN NE GO SOUTH U TAKE BOX PICK UP THE WOODEN BOX DROP IT PUSH THE BUTTON OPEN THE WOODEN DOOR EXAMINE THE SCUBA GEAR LOOK BEHIND THE STATUE LOOK UNDER THE ROCK LOOK INSIDE THE BUBBLING CAULDRON KILL THE BEAR WITH THE GUN SHOOT BEAR WITH LARGE RIFLE You can use multiple objects with certain verbs if you separate them by the word AND or by a comma. Some examples: TAKE LAMP, JAR, FLUTE DROP THE DAGGER, LANCE, AND MACE PUT THE GOLD BAR AND THE PEARL IN THE TROPHY CASE The word ALL refers to every visible object except those inside something else. If there were an apple on the ground and an orange inside a cabinet, TAKE ALL would take the apple but not the orange. TAKE ALL TAKE ALL THE BOOKS TAKE ALL FROM THE DESK GIVE ALL BUT THE PENCIL TO THE NYMPH DROP ALL EXCEPT THE DART GUN 14 Instruction Manual You can include several sentences on one input line if you separate them by the word THEN or by a period. (Note that each sentence will still count as a turn.) You don't need a period at the end of the input line. For example, you could type all of the following at once, before pressing the RETURN (or ENTER) key: NORTH.READ THE BOOK.DROP IT THEN BURN IT WITH TORCH If ZORK doesn't understand one of the sentences in your input line, or if something unusual happens, it will ignore the rest of your input line (see "ZORK Complaints" on page 20). There are only two kinds of questions that ZORK understands: WHAT and WHERE. Here are two examples that you can actually try in ZORK: WHAT IS A GRUE? WHERE IS THE ZORKMID? You will meet other people and creatures as you explore ZORK. You can "talk" to some of these beings by typing their name, then a comma, then whatever you want them to do. Here are some examples: GNOME, GIVE ME THE KEY TREE SPRITE, OPEN THE SECRET DOOR JOEL, WAIT HERE WARLOCK, TAKE THE SPELL SCROLL THEN FOLLOW ME MIKE, NORTH.GETTHE BRAN MUFFIN.THROW IT AT THE DWARF Notice that in the last two examples, you are giving one person more than one command on the same in- put line. You can use quotes to answer a question or say something "out loud." For example: SAY "HELLO SAILOR" ANSWER "A ZEBRA" INCANT "FROBOZZ FROBIZZLE" ZORK tries to guess what you really mean when you don't give enough information. For example, if you say that you want to do something, but not what you want to do it to or with, ZORK will sometimes decide that there is only one possible object that you could mean. When it does so, it will tell you. For example: > BURN THE KINDLING (with the torch) The kindling catches fire and is consumed. or > GIVE THE SWORD (to the gnome) The gnome, a sworn pacifist, refuses to take it. If your sentence is ambiguous, ZORK will ask what you really mean. You can answer most of these questions briefly by supplying the missing informa- tion, rather than typing the entire input again. You can do this only at the very next prompt. Some ex- amples: > TIE THE ROPE What do you want to tie the rope to? > THE MAST The rope is now tied to the mast, or > HIT THE NAIL WITH THE HAMMER Which nail do you mean, the shiny nail or the rusty nail? > SHINY The shiny nail is driven halfway into the piece of wood. ZORK uses many words in its descriptions that it will not recognize in your sentences. For example, you might read, "Above you, moonlit clouds flit across the evening sky." However, if ZORK doesn't recognize the words SKY or CLOUDS in your input, you can assume that the sky and clouds are not im- portant to your completion of the story, except to provide you with a more vivid description of where you are or what is going on. ZORK recognizes over 600 words, nearly all that you are likely to use in your sentences. If ZORK doesn't know a word you used, or any of its common synonyms, you are al- most certainly trying something that is not important in your adventure. Instruction Manual 1 5 Starting and Stopping Starting the story: Now that you know what to expect when you venture into the caverns of ZORK, it's time for you to "boot" your disk. To load ZORK, follow the instructions on the Reference Card in your ZORK III package. Following the copyright notice and the release number of the story, you will see a description of the place where the story begins. Here's a quick exercise to help you get accus- tomed to interacting with ZORK III. Try typing the following next to the prompt (>): EXAMINE THE LAMP Then press the RETURN (or ENTER) key. ZORK III will respond with: The lamp is turned off. Now try: TURN IT ON After you press the RETURN (or ENTER) key. ZORK III will respond: (Taken) The lamp is now on. Saving and restoring: It will probably take you many days to complete ZORK III. Using the SAVE feature, you can continue at a later time without having to start over from the beginning, just as you can place a bookmark in a book you are reading. SAVE puts a "snapshot" of your place in the story onto another diskette. If you are a cautious adventurer, you may want to save your place before (or after) trying something dangerous or tricky. That way, you can go back to that position later, even if you have gotten lost or "killed" since then. To save your place in the story, type SAVE at the prompt (>), and then press the RETURN (or ENTER) key. Then follow the instructions for saving and re- storing on your Reference Card. Some systems re- quire a blank disk, initialized and formatted, for saves. Using a disk with data on it (not counting other ZORK saves) may result in the loss of that data, de- pending on your system. You can restore a saved position any time you want. To do so, type RESTORE at the prompt (>), and press the RETURN (or ENTER) key. Then follow the instructions on your Reference Card. You can then continue the story from the point where you used the SAVE command. You can type LOOK for a description of where you are. Quitting and restarting: If you want to start over from the beginning of the story, type RESTART. (This is usually faster than re-booting.) Just to make sure, ZORK will ask if you really want to start over. If you do, type Y or YES, and press the RETURN (or ENTER) key. If you want to stop, type QUIT. Once again, ZORK will ask if this is really what you want to do. If you do, type Y and press the RETURN key. Remember when you RESTART or QUIT: if you want to be able to return to your current position, you must first do a SAVE. 1 6 Instruction Manual Appendix A Quick Reference Guide 1 . To start the story ("boot up"), see the separate Reference Card in your ZORK package. 2. When you see the prompt (>) on your screen, ZORK is waiting for your command. There are four kinds of sentences or commands that ZORK understands: A. Direction commands: To move from place to place, just type the direction you want to go: N (or NORTH), E, S, W, NE, SE, NW, SW, U (or UP), D, IN, OUT. B. Actions: Just type whatever you want to do. Some examples: READ THE BOOK or OPEN THE DOOR or LOOK THROUGH THE WINDOW. Once you're familiar with simple commands, you'll want to use more complex ones as described in "Communicating with ZORK" on page 14. C. Commands given to people: To talk to charac- ters in the story, type their name, then a comma, then what you want to say to them. For example: TROLL, GIVE ME THE AXE or OLD MAN, GO NORTH. D. Special one-word commands: some one-word commands, such as INVENTORY or DIAGNOSE, give you specific information or affect your output. A list of these appears in the "Important Com- mands" appendix on page 18. 3. Important! After typing your sentence or com- mand, you must press the RETURN (or ENTER) key before ZORK will respond. 4. On most computers, your screen will have a spe- cial line called the status line. It tells you the name of your current location, your score, and the number of turns you have taken. 5. You can pick up and carry many of the items you'll find in the story. For example, if you type TAKE THE NECKLACE, you will be carrying it. Type INVEN- TORY to see a list of everything you are carrying. 6. When you want to stop, save your place for later, or start over, read the "Starting and Stopping" section on page 16. 7. If you have trouble, refer to the specific section of the manual for more detailed instructions. Instruction Manual 1 7 Appendix B Important Commands There are a number of one-word commands which you can type instead of a sentence. You can use them over and over as needed. Some count as a turn, others do not. Type the command after the prompt (>) and hit the RETURN (or ENTER) key. AGAIN — ZORK will usually respond as if you had repeated your previous sentence. Among the cases where AGAIN will not work is if you were just talking to another character. You can abbreviate AGAIN to G. BRIEF — This tells ZORK to give you the full descrip- tion of a location only the first time you enter it. On subsequent visits, ZORK will tell you only the name of the location and the objects present. This is how ZORK will normally act, unless you tell it otherwise using the VERBOSE or SUPERBRIEF commands. DIAGNOSE — ZORK will give you a medical report of your physical condition. This is particularly useful if you have just survived a dangerous battle or if you are under the effects of a magical spell. INVENTORY— ZORK will list what you are carrying. You can abbreviate INVENTORY to I. LOOK — This tells ZORK to describe your location in full detail. You can abbreviate LOOK to L. QUIT — This lets you stop. If you want to save your position before quitting, follow the instructions in "Starting and Stopping" on page 16. You can abbrevi- ate QUIT to Q. RESTART — This stops the story and starts over from the beginning. RESTORE — This restores a story position made us- ing the SAVE command. See "Starting and Stopping" for more details. SAVE — This makes a "snapshot" of your current story position onto your storage disk. You can return to a saved position in the future using the RESTORE command. See "Starting and Stopping" for more details. SCORE — ZORK will show your current score and the number of turns you have taken. It will also tell you your rank, which is based on your score. 1 8 Instruction Manual SCRIPT — This command tells your printer to begin making a transcript of the story as you venture on- wards. A transcript may aid your memory but is not necessary. It will work only on certain computers; read your Reference Card for details. SUPERBRIEF — This commands ZORK to display only the name of a place you have entered, even if you have never been there before. In this mode, ZORK will not even mention which objects are present. Of course, you can always get a description of your location, and the items there, by typing LOOK. In SUPERBRIEF mode, the blank line between turns will be eliminated. This mode is meant for adventurers who are already very familiar with the geography. Also see VERBOSE and BRIEF. UNSCRIPT — This commands your printer to stop making a transcript. VERBOSE— This tells ZORK that you want a com- plete description of each location and the objects in it every time you enter a location, even if you've been there before. Also see BRIEF and SUPERBRIEF. VERSION — ZORK responds by showing you the release number and the serial number of your copy of the story. Please include this information if you ever report a "bug" in ZORK. WAIT — This will cause time in the story to pass. Normally, between turns, nothing happens in the story. You could leave your computer, take a nap and return to the story to find that nothing has changed. You can use WAIT to make time pass in the story without doing anything. For example, if you encoun- ter an alien being, you could WAIT to see what it will do. Or, if you are in a moving vehicle, you could WAIT to see where it will go. You can abbreviate WAIT to Z. Appendix C Some Recognized Verbs This is only a partial list of the verbs that all three ZORK adventures understand. There are many more. Remember that you can use a variety of prep- ositions with them. For example, LOOK can become LOOK INSIDE, LOOK BEHIND, LOOK UNDER, LOOK THROUGH, LOOK AT and so on. ANSWER FOLLOW SAY ATTACK GIVE SEARCH BLOW INFLATE SHAKE BREAK JUMP SLIDE BURN KICK SMELL CLIMB KNOCK STAY CLOSE LIGHT STRIKE COUNT LISTEN SWIM CROSS LOCK TAKE CUT LOOK TELL DEFLATE LOWER THROW DIG MOVE TIE DRINK OPEN TOUCH DROP POUR TURN EAT PRAY UNLOCK ENTER PULL WAKE EXAMINE PUSH WALK EXIT PUT WAVE EXTINGUISH RAISE WEAR FILL READ WIND Instruction Manual 1 9 Appendix D ZORK Complaints ZORK will complain if you type a sentence that con- fuses it completely. ZORK will then ignore the rest of the input line. (Unusual events, such as being attacked, may also cause ZORK to ignore the rest of the sentences you typed, since the event may have changed your situation drastically.) Some of ZORK's complaints: I DON'T KNOW THE WORD "(your word)." The word you typed is not in the story's vocabulary. Sometimes using a synonym or rephrasing will help. If not, ZORK probably doesn't know the idea you were trying to get across. YOU USED THE WORD "(your word)" IN A WAY THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND. ZORK knows the word you typed, but couldn't use it in that sense. Usually this is because ZORK knows the word as a different part of speech. For example, if you typed PRESS THE LOWER BUTTON, you are using LOWER as an adjective, but ZORK might know LOWER only as a verb, as in LOWER THE ROPE. THAT SENTENCE ISN'T ONE I RECOGNIZE. The sentence you typed may have been gibberish, such as GIVE TROLL WITH SWORD. Or, you may have typed a reasonable sentence but used a syntax that ZORK does not recognize, such as SMELL UNDER THE ROCK. Try rephrasing the sentence. THERE WAS NO VERB IN THAT SENTENCE! Unless you are answering a question, each sentence must have a verb (or a command) in it somewhere. THERE SEEMS TO BE A NOUN MISSING IN THAT SENTENCE! This usually means that your sentence was incomplete, such as EAT THE BLUE. THERE WERE TOO MANY NOUNS IN THAT SEN- TENCE. An example is PUT THE SOUP IN THE BOWL WITH THE LADLE, which has three noun "phrases," one more than ZORK can digest in a single action. I BEG YOUR PARDON? You pressed the RETURN (or ENTER) key without typing anything. IT'S TOO DARK TO SEE. In the story, there was not enough light to perform your action. I DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE REFERRING TO. You used HIM, HER or IT, but ZORK isn't sure what per- son or object you meant. YOU CAN'T SEE ANY "(object)" HERE! The item you referred to was not visible. It may be some- where else, inside a closed container, and so on. THE OTHER OBJECT(S) THAT YOU MENTIONED ISN'T (AREN'T) HERE. You referred to two or more items in the same sentence, and at least one of them wasn't visible to you in your present location. YOU CAN'T GO THAT WAY. There was no passage or exit in the direction you tried to move. YOU CAN'T USE MULTIPLE (IN)DIRECT OBJECTS WITH "(your verb)." You can refer to several items at the same time only with certain verbs. Among the more useful of these verbs are TAKE, DROP and PUT. This restriction also applies to the use of ALL, as in DROP ALL. For example, ATTACK will not work with multiple objects; you couldn't say ATTACK ALL or ATTACK THE WARLOCK AND THE ENCHANTER. 20 Instruction Manual Appendix E Sample Transcript and Map This transcript is not from any of the ZORK adven- tures, but it does show most of the usual things you can do in ZORK. It contains several simple puzzles and their solutions, and it will give you a good idea of how Infocom's interactive fiction works. The player's sentences appear in capital letters after each prompt (>). The map represents the terrain in the sample transcript as you might have drawn it. SNOW MOrtSTER U/NB6K- MAILS wSmtat > APPLY THE BRAKES The Frobozz Magic Go-Cart coasts to a stop. Moss-lined Tunnel, in the Go-Cart This is a long east-west tunnel whose walls are covered with green and yellow mosses. There is a jewel-studded monkey wrench here, (outside the Go-Cart) A bent and rusted monkey wrench is lying here, (outside the Go-Cart) > TAKE THE WRENCH Which wrench do you mean, the jeweled monkey wrench or the rusty monkey wrench? > JEWELED You can't reach it from inside the Go-Cart. >WEST You're not going anywhere until you stand up. > GET OUT OF THE GO-CART You are on your own feet again. > TAKE THE JEWELED WRENCH Taken. >WEST Lumber Yard This is a huge room lined with metal shelves. There are exits to the east, northeast, and west. There is a small cardboard box here. Piled on one of the shelves is a supply of lumber. > TAKE THE BOX AND THE LUMBER small cardboard box: Taken. supply of lumber: Your load is too heavy. > INVENTORY You are carrying: a lamp (providing light) a glass jar The glass jar contains: a quantity of pomegranate juice a jeweled monkey wrench a dart gun a small cardboard box > DROP THE DART GUN Dropped. > TAKE THE LUMBER Taken. > LOOK INSIDE THE BOX The small cardboard box is closed. > OPEN IT Opening the small cardboard box reveals a bunch of two-inch nails. > EXAMINE THE LUMBER It consists of two rectangular pieces of wood, about 1 feet long, and perhaps a dozen shorter dowel-shaped pieces. > WALK NORTHEAST Foreman's Office This is the office of the lumber yard foreman. The only exit is to the southwest. Instruction Manual 2 1 >sw Lumber Yard There is a dart gun here. > WALK WEST Carpentry Shop You are in a room furnished with wooden shelves, cabi- nets, mantels and moldings, all gracefully carved out of fine wood. An array of precision tools adorns the walls. The only exit is south... unless you want to count the opening in the roof. A carpenter gnome is sitting here, twiddling his thumbs. >UP The opening is too high to reach. >GNOME, BUILD A LADDER "I'd be glad to, but not for free!" > GIVE THE JEWELED MONKEY WRENCH TO THE GNOME The gnome examines the jeweled monkey wrench care- fully. "Thank you," he exclaims, adding it to his collection of tools. > GNOME, BUILD A LADDER "Oh, yes, your ladder. Unfortunately, I have no lumber." > GIVE THE LUMBER TO THE GNOME The gnome accepts the supply of lumber. > GNOME, BUILD LADDER "Darn it! I'm fresh out of nails." > GIVE NAILS (to the gnome) The gnome accepts the bunch of nails. > GIVE THE LAMP TO THE GNOME The gnome attempts to build a beautiful set of kitchen cabinets out of the lamp. Finally, he gives up and hands it back to you. > GNOME, BUILD LADDER The gnome grumbles but constructs a handsome wooden ladder. He admires his handiwork and hands you the ladder. > PUT THE LADER THROUGH THE HOLE I don't know the word "lader." > PUT THE LADDER THROUGH THE HOLE The ladder is now resting against the rim of the hole. >UP You're carrying too much to climb a ladder. >l You are carrying: a lamp (providing light) a glass jar The glass jar contains: a quantity of pomegranate juice a small cardboard box > DROP ALL BUT THE LAMP glass jar: Dropped. small cardboard box: Dropped. >LOOK Carpentry Shop You are in a room furnished with wooden shelves, cabi- nets, mantels and moldings, all gracefully carved out of fine wood. An array of precision tools adorns the walls. The only exit is south... unless you want to count the opening in the roof. A carpenter gnome is sitting here, twiddling his thumbs. There is a glass jar here. The glass jar contains: a quantity of pomegranate juice There is a small cardboard box here. >UP Monster's Lair This is the den of the dreaded Seven-Headed Snow Monster of Snurth. It is quite chilly in here, and ice covers the floor and walls. A ladder protrudes from a hole in the ground, and sunlight comes from the cave entrance to the east. The Snow Monster, bellowing loudly, blocks the eastern exit. > DOWN.SOUTH.TAKE DART GUN.WEST.UP Carpentry Shop A carpenter gnome is sitting here, twiddling his thumbs. There is a glass jar here. The glass jar contains: a quantity of pomegranate juice There is a small cardboard box here. 22 Instruction Manual Lumber Yard There is a dart gun here. Taken. Carpentry Shop A carpenter gnome is sitting here, twiddling his thumbs. There is a glass jar here. The glass jar contains: a quantity of pomegranate juice There is a small cardboard box here. Monster's Lair The Snow Monster, bellowing loudly, blocks the eastern exit. > SHOOT MONSTER What do you want to shoot the monster with? > DART GUN The Snow Monster clutches at the dart and then keels over. His body vanishes in a cloud of acrid black smoke. >EAST Orange Grove A path leads northeast through this small grove of or- ange trees. A dark cave lies to the west. A sign is posted near the grove. > READ THE SIGN "Warning! These are poisonous oranges, not meant for human consumption. — Farmer Bozbar" > EAT AN ORANGE Aaarrrr! It burns your tongue and your throat! ***You have died*** A forest sprite appears, looking concerned. "You've done it again," says the sprite, with a mixture of sympa- thy and disgust. "I'll give you only one more chance." She sprinkles some fairy dust on you... Wooden Bridge There is a lamp here. >LOOK Wooden Bridge You are on a sturdy bridge leading northeast to south- west. The river below flows quickly amongst pointy rocks. There is a lamp here. Appendix F We're Never Satisfied Here at Infocom, we take great pride in the quality of our stories. Even after they're "out the door," we're constantly improving, honing and perfecting. Your input is important. No matter how much testing we do, it seems that some "bugs" never crawl into view until thousands of you begin doing all those wild and crazy things to the story. If you find a bug, or if you think a certain puzzle was too hard or too easy, or if you have some other suggestion, or if you'd just like to tell us your opinion of ZORK, drop us a note! We love every excuse to stop working, and a letter from you is just such an excuse! Write to: INFOCOM, INC. 55 Wheeler Street Cambridge, MA 02138 Attn: DIMWIT FLATHEAD Appendix G If You Have Technical Problems You can call the Infocom Technical Support Team to report bugs and technical problems, but not for hints to solve puzzles, at (617) 576-3190. If your disk de- velops a problem within ninety (90) days after pur- chase, we will replace it at no charge. Otherwise, there is a replacement fee of $5.00 (U.S. currency). If you call to report a bug, please provide your re- lease number, which you can find by typing VER- SION. Please return your registration card if you'd like to be on our mailing list and receive our news- letter, THE NEW ZORK TIMES. Instruction Manual 23 Appendix H Author Biographies Marc Blank. A graduate of MIT and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Marc has been involved in writing interactive fiction since its formative period in the late 1970s. Co-author of the original mainframe version of ZORK in 1977, he was instrumental in lay- ing the groundwork for the appearance of interactive fiction on personal computers in the early 1980s. He is co-author of ZORK I, ZORK II, ZORK III and ENCHANTER;" and is sole author of DEADLINE;™ the first interactive mystery. His continuing work in interactive technologies in large part made Infocom's name synonymous with interactive fiction. His mother still wishes he would practice medicine. Dave Lebling. Dave Lebling was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in suburban Maryland. He at- tended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Sci- ence, where he developed an interest in computer entertainments. He was a co-author of the original mainframe ZORK. He has co-authored ZORK I, ZORK II, ZORK III and ENCHANTER, and written STARCROSS™ on his own. He is married and lives in a suburb of Boston, where his appetite for the printed word is restrained only by the volume of his house. Appendix I Warranty and Copyright Information Limited Warranty This software product and the attached instructional materials are sold "AS IS," without warranty as to their performance. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the computer software program is as- sumed by the user. However, to the original purchaser of a disk prepared by Infocom and carrying the Infocom label on the disk jacket, Infocom, Inc. warrants the medium on which the program is recorded to be free from defects in materials and faulty workmanship under normal use and service for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of purchase. If during this pe- riod a defect on the medium should occur, the medium may be returned to Infocom, Inc. or to an authorized Infocom, Inc. dealer, and Infocom, Inc. will replace the medium without charge to you. Your sole and exclu- sive remedy in the event of a defect is expressly limited to replacement of the medium as provided above. THE ABOVE WARRANTIES FOR GOODS ARE IN LIEU OF ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY, INCLUD- ING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PUR- POSE AND OF ANY OTHER WARRANTY OBLIGATION ON THE PART OF INFOCOM, INC. IN NO EVENT SHALL INFOCOM, INC. OR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREA- TION AND PRODUCTION OF THIS COMPUTER SOFTWARE PROGRAM BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, SPECIAL, OR CONSE- QUENTIAL DAMAGES, SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF ANTICIPATED PROFITS OR BENEFITS RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THIS PROGRAM, OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS WARRANTY. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSE- QUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. N.B. After the warranty period, a defective Infocom disk may be returned to Infocom, Inc. with a check or money order for $5.00 (U.S. currency) for replacement. Copyright The enclosed software product is copyrighted and all rights are re- served by Infocom, Inc. It is published exclusively by Infocom, Inc. The distribution and sale of this product are intended for the use of the origi- nal purchaser only and for use only on the computer system specified. Lawful users of this program are hereby licensed only to read the pro- gram from its medium into memory of a computer solely for the pur- pose of executing the program. Copying (except for one backup copy on those systems which provide for it— see Reference Card), duplicating, selling, or otherwise distributing this product is a violation of the law. This manual and all other documentation contained herein are copy righted and all rights are reserved by Infocom, Inc. These documents may not, in whole or in part, be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated, or reduced to any electronic medium or machine-readable form without prior consent, in writing, from Infocom, Inc. Willful violations of the Copyright Law of the United States can result in civil damages of up to $50,000 in addition to actual damages, plus criminal penalties of up to one year imprisonment and/or $ 1 0,000 fine. ZORK is a registered trademark of Infocom, Inc. DEADLINE, ENCHANTER and STARCROSS are registered trade- marks of Infocom, Inc. © 1984 Infocom, Inc. Printed in U.S.A. © 2001 Activision, Inc. Reproduced with permission. All right reserved. 24 Instruction Manual [/• If you have any doubts about your courage and wisdom, turn back now! -> You have but a few steps to go before you enter the deepest and most mystical abyss of the Great Underground Empire - the • inner sanctum of the powerful and mysterious Dungeon Master ,- : . himself. He shall test your cleverness and bravery as he invents , challenges the likes of which you've never known. His very pres- j yourself worthy by unraveling his confounding puzzles, if you can turn the tide and learn his secret intentions, your reward will be I inestimable. But if you fail, you will be most utterly destroyed. Good luck, bold adventurer- and don't say we didn't warn von ■- i ' The Table of Contents for the manual is on page 11. Take a look H at it to determine what you should read before you start the story. - / ' --* I0NEZ0RKM1D PER SHARE Incorporated under the laws of the Great Underground Empire 2-349-792-Z03 CERTIFICATE OF STOCK UNCOMMON STOCK This certificate is transferable in the Empire or in any subcavern of Said Empire FrobozzCo International This certifies that; is the owner of: 100 Shares of fully paid and non-assessable uncommon stock of the par value of one zorkmid per share. The Bank of Zork John D. Flathead IX President and Chairman of the Board 2-349-792-Z03 JFFJS^ FrobozzCo International 1533 Dimwit Boulevard Borphee, Greater Borphee province "You name it, we do it" FrobozzCo International Subsidiaries Frobozz Magic Aardvark Company Frobozz Magic Abacus Company Frobozz Magic Abbreviated Dictionary Company Frobozz Magic Abdominal Fxercisor Company Frobozz Magic Abode Company Frobozz Magic Abrasives Company Frobozz Magic Absorbent Toothbrush Company Frobozz Magic Accessory Company Frobozz Magic Accordian Company Frobozz Magic Accoutrement Company Frobozz Magic Acid Company Frobozz Magic Acne Repellent Company Frobozz Magic Acoustical Food Company Frobozz Magic Acoustical Tile Company Frobozz Magic Actuarial Table Company Frobozz Magic Additive Company Frobozz Magic Adhesive Company Frobozz Magic Adobe Brick Company Frobozz Magic Adpoidz Company Frobozz Magic Advertising Agency Frobozz Magic Afghan Hound Company Frobozz Magic After-Shave Company Frobozz Magic Airplane Company Frobozz Magic Air Pump Company Frobozz Magic Algae Food Company Frobozz Magic Alkaline Battery Company Frobozz Magic Allergy Remedy Company Frobozz Magic Alligator Shoes Company Frobozz Magic Amoeba Company Frobozz Magic Amulet Company Frobozz Magic Android Company Frobozz Magic Apple Company Frobozz Magic Apron Company Frobozz Magic Aquarium Company Frobozz Magic Aqueduct Company Frobozz Magic Arch Company Frobozz Magic Armchair Company Frobozz Magic Arrow Company Frobozz Magic Art Appraisal Company Frobozz Magic Artificial Frog Company Frobozz Magic Arvix Company Frobozz Magic Asphalt Company Frobozz Magic Automatic Machinery Company Frobozz Magic Avocado Company Frobozz Magic Bagpipe Company Frobozz Magic Baldness Cure Company Frobozz Magic Balsa Wood Company Frobozz Magic Banana Company Frobozz Magic Banking Company Frobozz Magic Barometer Company Frobozz Magic Barrel Company Frobozz Magic Basket Company Frobozz Magic Bat Food Company Frobozz Magic Bathrobe Company Frobozz Magic Battery Company Frobozz Magic Bazooka Company Frobozz Magic Beachball Company Frobozz Magic Beard Grooming Accessories Company Frobozz Magic Beetle Trap Company Frobozz Magic Belly Dancer Agency Frobozz Magic Belt Company Frobozz Magic Beverage Company Frobozz Magic Bicycle Company Frobozz Magic Bilkwishum Company Frobozz Magic Billboard Company Frobozz Magic Binocular Company Frobozz Magic Biscuit Company Frobozz Magic Bitter Frook Company Frobozz Magic Blackboard Company Frobozz Magic Blanket Company Frobozz Magic Bleach Company Frobozz Magic Blinker Company Frobozz Magic Blister Packaging Company Frobozz Magic Blizzard Company Frobozz Magic Blood Bank Frobozz Magic Blotter Company Frobozz Magic Blouse Company Frobozz Magic Blubber Company Frobozz Magic Blueberry Pie Company 9/33/947 Dear Shareholder, It's been another banner year for FrobozzCo, as I'm sure you're aware. Everyone here on the FrobozzCo Management Team joins me in thanking you person- ally for your continued support as an investor. Thanks to our steady growth and record revenues in 947, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce a two-for-one stock split. You'll find your new shares enclosed. Don't forget about the shareholders' meeting at the Borphee Civic Center on 2/1/948. I hope you'll be on hand to approve the nomination of John D. Flathead X as the next Chairman of the Board. If you can't attend, please remember to return your proxy. Finally, as tremendous as fiscal 947 has been for us, your company is hoping that (as my great-great- great-great-great-great-grandfather was always fond of saying), this year will be even tremendouser! Sincerely, kjohn D. Flathead IX Chairman of the Board FrobozzCo International Preserved for posterity inside this and every ZORK III package are your ZORK III disk, FrobozzCo Annual Report, an official stock certificate and a highly important-sounding letter from the Chairman of the Board. An old, oddly youthful man turns toward you slowly. His long, silver hair dances about him as afresh breeze blows. "You have reached the final test, my friend! You are proved clever and powerful, but this is not yet enough! Seek me when you feel yourself worthy!" ZORK III: THE DUNGEON MASTER draws you into the deep- est and most mysterious reaches of the Great Underground Empire. Nothing is as it seems. And the one responsible for the shadow and darkness — the Dungeon Master — embodies the greatest mystery of all. In this test of wisdom and courage, you will face countless dangers. But what awaits you at the culmination of your odyssey is well worth risking all. GET INSIDE A STORY. GET ONE FROM INFOCOM! It's like waking up inside a story! Load Infocom's interactive fiction into your computer and discover yourself at the center of a world jam-packed with surprising twists, unique characters and original, logical, often hilarious puzzles. For the first time, you're more than a passive reader. You can talk to the story, typing in full English sentences. And the story talks right back, communicating entirely in vividly descriptive prose. What's more, you can actually shape the story's course of events through your choice of actions. And you have hundreds of alternatives at every step. In fact, there's so much you can see and do, your adventure can last for weeks and even months. To find the Infocom interactive story that's right for you, just choose any one marked with the level of difficulty listed below that best matches your current level of interactive skill. Junior: Best introduction to interactive fiction. Written for everyone from age 9 up. Standard: Good introductory level for adults. This is Infocom's most popular level of interactive fiction. Advanced: A greater level of challenge. Recommended for those who've already experienced Infocom's interactive fiction. Expert: For real diehards seeking the ultimate challenge in interactive fiction. Then find out what it's like to get inside a story. Get one from Infocom. Because with Infocom's interactive fiction, there's room for you on every disk. iriFoconx 55 Wheeler St., Cambridge, MA 02138 For your: Apple II, Macintosh, Atari, Commodore 64, DECmate, DEC Rainbow, DEC RT-1 1, HP 150 & 1 10, IBM PC* & PCjr, KAYPRO II, MS-DOS 2.0*, Osborne, TI Professional, TI 99/4A, Tandy 2000, TRS-80 Color Computer, TRS-80 Models I & III. *Use the IBM PC version for your Compaq and the MS-DOS 2.0 version for your Wang, Mindset, Data General System 10, GRiD and many others. Manufactured and Printed in USA © 1984 Infocom, Inc. Warranty information enclosed. ZORK is a registered trademark of Infocom, Inc.